The purpose of the event was to raise the political profile of the Convention and increase awareness of the benefits of accession to its Protocols; to further assist Georgia in aligning national legislation with the provisions of the Protocols and determining the next steps towards ratification; and to highlight the Convention’s links and complementarity with the relevant European Union legislation, which Georgia plans to transpose into domestic law pursuant to its Association Agreement with the European Union.
High-level participants from the Ministry of Environment and other Ministries, as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society, discussed the recommendations on the steps towards ratification of the key protocols of the Convention. Parties to the Convention also shared their experiences with ratification and representatives from the European Union presented on the links between the Convention and European Union legislation. The meeting was attended by thirty one participants, including eighteen female participants. The activity was funded by the European Union.